THE GOOD GIRL by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann

THE GOOD GIRL

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Struggling under imposed expectations, a teenage girl turns to stealing in this formulaic problem novel. Fifteen-year-old Lindsey is the titular good girl, swallowing her own feelings to accommodate those of others. Though she is still achingly sad after the death of her older brother Mark, she has buried her grief. Her role as caretaker in her family means she must not cause trouble the way her younger sister does. At school, Lindsey cows before a bossy, mean-spirited peer and gives up her dream of acting in a play to do what the dean of her prestigious school expects of her, even when she is encouraged to pursue the play by a new, cute boy who likes her. With no other outlet, she begins to rebel by stealing things. While there is some building suspense as Lindsey’s behavior escalates, ultimately there is little that is surprising here. Eventually, she must face the entirely predictable consequences of her misdeeds. Lindsey may be a sympathetic character, but this does not necessarily make her interesting. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-385-73644-2
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2008




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